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An unusual cause of severe dyspnea: A laryngeal live leech: Case report.
Int J Surg Case Rep. 2017; 32:9-11.IJ

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Foreign bodies in the upper airways are one of the most challenging otolaryngology emergencies, leeches present a very rare cause of airway foreign bodies around the world.

CASE REPORT

A 6-year-old girl was referred to our otolaryngology department at a tertiary university hospital with a severe dyspnea and hemoptysis. Nasofibroscopy revealed a dark living leech in the supraglottic area which extends to the glottis. The patient was urgently admitted to the operating room, the leech was grasped and removed with a foreign body forceps with a full length of more than 6cm. All symptoms were relieved post operatively and she was discharged one day later.

CONCLUSION

Leeches should be suspected as an airway foreign body in patients with a recent history of drinking from stream water. Prevention remains the best treatment for such cases based simply on hygiene measures like not drinking stream water directly and filtering drinking water before it is used.

Authors+Show Affiliations

ENT Department, Face and Neck Surgery, Hospital August, 20'1953, University Hospital Centre IBN Rochd, Casablanca, Morocco. Electronic address: anajar.said.med@gmail.com.ENT Department, Face and Neck Surgery, Hospital August, 20'1953, University Hospital Centre IBN Rochd, Casablanca, Morocco.ENT Department, Face and Neck Surgery, Hospital August, 20'1953, University Hospital Centre IBN Rochd, Casablanca, Morocco.ENT Department, Face and Neck Surgery, Hospital August, 20'1953, University Hospital Centre IBN Rochd, Casablanca, Morocco.ENT Department, Face and Neck Surgery, Hospital August, 20'1953, University Hospital Centre IBN Rochd, Casablanca, Morocco.ENT Department, Face and Neck Surgery, Hospital August, 20'1953, University Hospital Centre IBN Rochd, Casablanca, Morocco.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28213068

Citation

Anajar, Said, et al. "An Unusual Cause of Severe Dyspnea: a Laryngeal Live Leech: Case Report." International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, vol. 32, 2017, pp. 9-11.
Anajar S, Ansari R, Hassnaoui J, et al. An unusual cause of severe dyspnea: A laryngeal live leech: Case report. International journal of surgery case reports. 2017;32:9-11.
Anajar, S., Ansari, R., Hassnaoui, J., Abada, R., Roubal, M., & Mahtar, M. (2017). An unusual cause of severe dyspnea: A laryngeal live leech: Case report. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 32, 9-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijscr.2016.12.007
Anajar S, et al. An Unusual Cause of Severe Dyspnea: a Laryngeal Live Leech: Case Report. International journal of surgery case reports. 2017;32:9-11. PubMed PMID: 28213068.
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TY - JOUR T1 - An unusual cause of severe dyspnea: A laryngeal live leech: Case report. AU - Anajar,Said, AU - Ansari,Rachid, AU - Hassnaoui,Jawad, AU - Abada,Reda, AU - Roubal,Mohammed, AU - Mahtar,Mohammed, Y1 - 2017/01/25/ PY - 2016/10/03/received PY - 2016/12/08/revised PY - 2016/12/09/accepted PY - 2017/2/19/pubmed PY - 2017/2/19/medline PY - 2017/2/19/entrez KW - Case report KW - Dyspnea KW - Hemoptysis KW - Leech SP - 9 EP - 11 JF - International journal of surgery case reports VL - 32 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Foreign bodies in the upper airways are one of the most challenging otolaryngology emergencies, leeches present a very rare cause of airway foreign bodies around the world. CASE REPORT: A 6-year-old girl was referred to our otolaryngology department at a tertiary university hospital with a severe dyspnea and hemoptysis. Nasofibroscopy revealed a dark living leech in the supraglottic area which extends to the glottis. The patient was urgently admitted to the operating room, the leech was grasped and removed with a foreign body forceps with a full length of more than 6cm. All symptoms were relieved post operatively and she was discharged one day later. CONCLUSION: Leeches should be suspected as an airway foreign body in patients with a recent history of drinking from stream water. Prevention remains the best treatment for such cases based simply on hygiene measures like not drinking stream water directly and filtering drinking water before it is used. SN - 2210-2612 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28213068/An_unusual_cause_of_severe_dyspnea:_A_laryngeal_live_leech:_Case_report_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S2210-2612(16)30544-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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